UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill are working together in an initiative to address the needs of foreign-born and refugee communities in town.
The Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities project kicked off on Tuesday morning at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center, where dozens of Korean, Chinese and Japanese residents sat down to talk about transit, housing and other town services.
"A lot of our residents come from different governments, and we’re trying to explain how ours works and how they can be a part of it,” Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said.
The partnership began in April when the Chapel Hill and Siler City were chosen for the two-year long collaborative initiative. In the past, the University has worked with communities in Sanford, Winston-Salem and Greenville, all which have developed new services and boards as a result of the project.
The project is funded by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Center for Global initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The initiative is also led by Hannah Gill, the director of the Latino Migration Project and a UNC adjunct assistant professor.